The Shadows – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s excellent photo sends me wandering into all sorts of sun-dappled and moonlit places, full of light and happiness.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

The Shadows

Mummy, the shadows on my blinds are scaring me.
Don’t be silly, sweetheart, that is your favourite tree.
Why is it moving so much?
It is only the wind, darling, nothing to worry about.
That looks like a man, a big scary nasty man!
No, honey, it is just the strong branch your swing hangs from.
It looks different at night, mummy.
I know, baby, tomorrow we will go out and tell your tree to behave, okay?
Silly mummy!
Goodnight, sweetheart.
Goodnight, mummy.
The man crawls along the branch, clenching his axe in his teeth.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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17 Responses to The Shadows – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. We’ve all seen that shadow!

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  2. Donna says:

    Hope your hand gets better. Love the ending as it makes you wonder what will happen.

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  3. athling2001 says:

    Love the ending. And to such a nice, sweet, story. Well done.

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  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Extremely frightening at the end Caeyr. You build the tension in the story well. Especially well because I had a very similar situation to this little boy when my MOm was away for awhile, and came home from her vacation. I’m glad there was no man with an ax then.

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  5. Very good ending! Love it 🙂

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  6. Graham Lawrence says:

    Gritty and creepy at the end. You are definitely the master when it comes to telling these sorts of tales. Enjoyable read as always.

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    • ceayr says:

      This is a blanket apology to all comments.
      I have a problem with my hand, and typing is slow and painful.
      And painfully slow!
      Sorry not to give individual replies.
      Tell Graham I blame him!

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  7. Yikes. I wondered where this was going. Great ending that takes you by surprise.

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  8. Dear C.E.

    Oh those shadows on the wall. You have me wanting to crawl under my bed. Well written creepiness.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • ceayr says:

      As on FF, m’lady, this is a blanket apology to all comments.
      I have a problem with my hand, and typing is slow and painful.
      And painfully slow!
      Sorry not to give individual replies.

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  9. The ending Just amazed me! I read it twice…And I loved it more !! Its very well written!

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    • ceayr says:

      This is a blanket apology to all comments.
      I have a problem with my hand, and typing is slow and painful.
      And painfully slow!
      Sorry not to give individual replies.

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      • Ohh.. So Sorry to hear that!! Our regards and best wishes are with you as always!
        Hope that your hand is soon back to normal!
        And must again, I loved the way you wrote this!
        * respect *
        You inspire me ! 🙂

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